University of Excellence: Measures and objectives
As Universität Hamburg implements its Excellence application, it pursues 5 goals. These are based on the performance areas set forth by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat): research, research-oriented teaching, transfer, research infrastructure, and—specific to Universität Hamburg’s application in the Excellence Strategy—internationalization. Each performance areas contains 24 measures for which Universität Hamburg was granted funding in the Excellence Strategy. We will use the funds to implement these measures in the upcoming 7 years.
The following pages contain further information about the performance areas and excellence projects of Universität Hamburg.
Special funding programs facilitate world-class research. They attract academics to Universität Hamburg and strengthen its international renown. The individual measures aim to advance existing core research areas, emerging fields that are on the verge of becoming core research areas, and profile initiatives in need of support.
The fast-track program at Universität Hamburg enables outstanding students with an early aptitude for academic work to access a doctoral program sooner. See comprehensive information on the call for applications.
This funding program gives highly qualified early career researchers from Germany and abroad an opportunity to prepare for the next step in their career by leading their own research project. That next step could be a junior professorship, W2 professorship, or leadership of a junior research group, for example.
Funding recipients may choose their research question freely. This “open-topic model” aims to highlight the potential of interdisciplinary discourse for research and teaching.
Nucleus professorships in emerging fields
Nucleus professorships play an essential role in strengthening emerging fields. The University anticipates that appointment of high-profile, leading researchers will stimulate the development of these emerging fields. In addition to further research expertise, the new professors are expected to vitalize research-based teaching at Universität Hamburg.
Open-topic professorships in profile initiatives
To develop the profile initiatives into emerging fields, 3 professorships will be appointed without a pre-defined designation.
Ideas and Venture Fund
The program is designed to provide fast, straightforward funding to preparatory research projects. Funds are available for use as seed financing by projects preparing a third-party funding application. The purpose of the program is to advance the role of Universität Hamburg as a leading university. One third of the funding amount is reserved to support early career researchers. The first application rounds have already concluded. More information about the Ideas and Venture Fund is available from the Staff Service Portal.
Strengthening regional research cooperation
The Partnership for Innovation, Education and Research (PIER), a collaborative endeavor between Universität Hamburg and DESY, has been expanded to include 16 members. PIER strengthens existing research partnerships in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and initiates new collaborative formats.
It also stimulates cooperation within the Association of North German Universities. The program further provides seed financing to support innovative, collaborative research projects that are still in their infancy.
The Studium generale and a degree program in the liberal arts give students access to research-based teaching and a multidimensional education.
Support for student research groups
Selected student research groups receive project-based funding. This makes the University a more desirable research location and introduces students to top-level research.
Funding is entering the third round. The application deadline for funding is 15 September 2021 (extension). A total of €100,000 is available from Excellence Strategy funds, with a maximum of €10,000 per project.
If you are interested in applying, find the necessary supporting documents below:
- Call for applications (PDF in German, accessible format)
- Application form (PDF in German, accessible format)
- Timetable (DOCX in German, accessible format)
- Financing plan (DOCX in German, accessible format)
- Cover letter (DOCX in German, accessible format)
- FAQs (PDF in German, accessible format)
Visiting scholars for the Studium generale
A portion of the funds from the Excellence Strategy will be set aside to invite outstanding visiting scholars, e.g., from strategic partner universities, to Universität Hamburg for 1 semester each.
Establishment of a degree program in the liberal arts
The University is launching a new, world-class liberal arts program. Its structure follows the Dutch model of an 8-semester bachelor’s degree program. While the program takes advantage of existing top-level courses, it also provides funding for new, external resources. The University has submitted applications for a range of projects:
- establishing 2 professorships in the liberal arts
- attracting outstanding visiting scholars to Universität Hamburg
- providing funds for coordinating the new degree program
The University stimulates knowledge transfer by leveraging synergies in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and implementing innovative processes that facilitate top-level research.
Professorship for innovation research
The new professorship for innovation research has been established to provide insight into the innovation processes taking place between society and academia. Taking into account the transfer and collaboration processes of a flagship university, in particular, it aims to strengthen the University’s capacity for innovation. The professorship involves an element of collaboration with network partners in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and integration into (inter)national research and knowledge transfer associations. It will also underpin the establishment of a master’s degree program in innovation, cooperation, and transfer.
Public Understanding of Science and Humanities (PUSH) Team
The new PUSH Team aims to consolidate and professionalize academic events and activities. It will plan new academic events on current social issues in collaboration with partners from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and strengthen the University’s public relations.
Knowledge Exchange Agency
The Knowledge Exchange Agency supports Universität Hamburg’s knowledge transfer activities with a focus on innovative processes, opportunities for collaboration, and transfer-oriented services. It intends to forge close, systematic partnerships with regional transfer partners. The Knowledge Exchange Agency consolidates a number of existing opportunities and services.
Funding for transfer projects
The Transfer@UHH program supports projects designed to initiate and implement transfer activities and develop concepts for innovation and transfer labs within the University’s innovation and transfer area of activity. Its goal is to probe new forms of knowledge and technology transfer.
The 2020 call for applications includes a call for the special format Mehr Weitblick nach der Coronavirus-Krise (Greater foresight after the corona crisis) to provide quicker and less complicated support for smaller transfer projects that primarily address issues related to the handling of the corona crisis.
See comprehensive information on the call for applications for transfer project funding.
Cutting-edge infrastructure will be set up to facilitate top-level research.
- Core facility platforms
- IT and digitalization platform
The University aims to offer outstandingly attractive working conditions to attract top international researchers to Hamburg.
The Hamburg Institute für Advanced Study (HIAS) will be accepting applications for ExStra-funded fellowships for outstanding visiting scholars as of Winter Semester 2020/21.
The University will focus on identifying and establishing multilateral, thematic projects in research and teaching to intensify and expand collaboration within its strategic partner network. It will fund match-making workshops and exchange projects in support of this endeavor. The partnerships thus forged will help attract outstanding international researchers to the University from abroad.
Internationale strategy conferences
The University is expanding its international strategy conferences. New conference formats will be established, and the 3 successfully trialled conference formats (Global University Leaders’ Council, Hamburger Horizonte, Vigoni Symposium of Science and Politics) will be made permanent.
Scholarships for students going abroad
Funding is to be made available for use as scholarships and grants for students to study abroad, providing them with a financial incentive to study outside of Germany and support their stay as a doctoral researcher at a foreign top-level university. As of 15 November 2019, doctoral students can use the Hamburglobal PhD website to apply. Please take note of the relevant prerequisites.
We will establish advisory groups (“committees”) for the 5 performance areas of the University: research, teaching, transfer, research infrastructure, and internationalization. An additional committee will be established for general topics that do not fall within the scope of any one performance area (Excellence Advisory Board). These advisory groups support University leadership in evaluating and advancing the measures of the Excellence Strategy. All committees are staffed with internal and external members. They will meet up to twice a year.
Members of the Excellence Advisory Board
- Prof. Dr. Petra Arck, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. em. Dr. Daniel Fallon, University of Maryland at College Park, formerly chair of the Education Division, Carnegie Corporation of New York
- Prof. Anja Feldmann, PhD, director, Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken
- Prof. Dr. Marc Föcking, Universität Hamburg, academic director, Hamburg Research Academy
- Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther, vice president, Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, University of Basel, president of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA)
- Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, Universität Hamburg
- Dr. Sijbolt Noorda, president, Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna
- Prof. Dr. Brigitte Röder, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke, University of Erfurt
- Prof. Dr. Judith Simon, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Petra Wend PhD FRSA FRSE, principal and vice chancellor, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh 2009–2019, chair of the University Council, Universität Hamburg
Members of the Research Committee
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman, medical director of the Department of Dermatology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
- Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler, president of ETH Zurich, 2007–2015, ETH Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Anita Engels, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Michael Friedrich, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Christian Gerloff, Department of Neurology, the UKE, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Klaus J. Hopt, former director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Otfried Jarren, University of Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Kristian Kersting, Technische Universität Darmstadt
- Prof. Dr. Erika Kothe, chair of the university consortium UniWiND, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
- Prof. Dr. Peter Schleper, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Luise Schorn-Schütte, vice president of the German Research Foundation, 2004–2010, Goethe University Frankfurt, Main
- Prof. Dr. Winfried Schulze, chair of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), 1998–2001, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Prof. Dr. Jonas Schreyögg, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Blanche Schwappach-Pignataro, the UKE, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Klaus Sengstock, Universität Hamburg
Members of the Teaching Committee
- Prof. Dr. Hendrik (Ed) Brinksma, president, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Prof. Dr. Wim Hafkamp, Erasmus University Rotterdam
- Prof. Dr. Sigrid Harendza, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
- Prof. Dr. Michael Kämper-van den Boogaart, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
- Prof. Dr. Kleinen-von Königslöw, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss, dean, TUM School of Education
- Prof. Dr. Norbert Ritter, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Silke Segler-Meßner, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Gabriele Siegert, deputy president and vice president of education and student affairs, University of Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
- Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Wirsing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Members of the Research Infrastructure Committee
- Prof. Dr. Martin Aepfelbacher, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
- Prof. Dr. Jochen Brüning, chair, Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany
- Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline, Heidelberg University
- Prof. Dr. Chris Meier, Universität Hamburg
- Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, ret. director general of the German National Library
- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Olbrich, director, Regional Computing Center at Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Martin Quack, ETH Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Marion Ruisinger, director, Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum, Ingolstadt
- Dr. Stefan Thiemann, head, Center for Sustainable Research Data Management, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann, director, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
- Prof. Robert Zepf, director, Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky
Members of the Internationalization Committee
- Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Daniel, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich
- Prof. Dr. Ingenuin Gasser, Universität Hamburg
- Jodien Houwers, MA, senior policy advisor for international cooperation, University of Groningen
- Dr. Stefan Mehlich, head of the Department of Sponsorship and Network, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- Dr. Uwe Muuss, head of the International Office, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
- Dr. Joern Pütz, vice president of German-French Relations, vice president of research at Eucor—The European Campus
- Dr. Dorothea Rüland, secretary general, Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS)
- Prof. Dr. Sylvia Schwaag Serger, vice president 2017–2021, Lund University
- Marijke Wahlers, head of the international affairs working group, German Rectors' Conference (HRK)
Members of the Transfer Committee
- Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter, University of Bremen
- Prof. Dr. Mark Heitmann, Universität Hamburg
- Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kathöfer, chief executive officer, German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)
- Dr. Nina Lemmens, chair of the program board, Joachim Herz Stiftung
- Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, Universität Hamburg
- Dr. Elvire Meier-Comte, vice president, head of human resources, Airbus Defence and Space Operations
- Wolfgang Müller-Pietralla, head of corporate foresight, Volkswagen AG
- Prof. Dr. Jan Recker, Ph.D., Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schnapp, Universität Hamburg
- Kristina Tröger, entrepreneur, initiator and president, Club europäischer Unternehmerinnen e.V.
- Achim Twardy, member of the board, dpa, NDR Media, Studio Hamburg and Next Media Accelerator
- Dr. Isabella Vértes-Schütter, artistic director, Ernst Deutsch Theater
- Prof. Dr. Horst Weller, Universität Hamburg
- Prof. Dr. Iris Wenderholm, Universität Hamburg